Vancouver Island's American Idol releases her first original song

Vancouver Island’s Lauren Spencer-Smith, who wowed judges on American Idol last year, has released her first original song, called “Back to Friends.” (Artwork by Alex Forhan) Vancouver Island’s Lauren Spencer-Smith, who wowed judges on American Idol last year, has released her first original song, called “Back to Friends.” (Artwork by Alex Forhan)

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Three main federal party leaders on final campaign blitz

There will be no let up in campaigning today as the main party leaders count down the remaining hours and minutes to Monday's federal election. The latest polling suggests Trudeau's Liberals and O'Toole's Tories are in a virtual dead heat.

France says Australia-U.S. submarine deal 'huge mistake'

France's ambassador to Australia described Saturday as a 'huge mistake' Australia's surprise cancellation of a major submarine contract in favour of a U.S. deal, delivering a final protest as the envoy was recalled from the country in an unprecedented show of anger among the allies.